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His role as "The President" in Fail-Safe (1964).

Off-Topic Discussion / Kill Bill Vol.2
« on: April 19, 2004, 12:45:42 PM »
Great film! Even better than Vol.1. Wonderful use Morricone's music from Navajo Joe (1966). Daryl Hannah goes down as one of the all-time great movie villains. She deserves an Oscar nomination. Best fight ever between two women. **** out of 4 stars.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:Does someone can help me?
« on: March 28, 2004, 09:42:51 AM »
It is logical to assume, if one did not know about the deleted beating scene, that Harmonica's scar came from the shot that Jill took at him when he lit the match.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:Does someone can help me?
« on: March 28, 2004, 09:37:20 AM »
Also remember Harmonica's only motivation is his determination to get Frank at any lengths. Consider the way he treats Wobbles with such ferocity and the way he stresses with emotion, "I didn't let them kill him and that's not the same thing!"

My belief has always been that the dead men Harmonica names to Frank: Dave Jenkins, Caulder Benson, Jim Cooper, Jack Youngblood were Frank's men at the lynching. Leaving the circumstances of their deaths unknown certainly adds to the tension considering both Harmonica and Frank knew these men.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Remakes
« on: November 26, 2003, 04:51:57 PM »
The original Maltese Falcon was made in 1931 starring Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade. It was not a silent picture.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Remakes
« on: November 26, 2003, 10:25:04 AM »
The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Bogey is a remake.
The Night and the City (1992) with De Niro I think is bettter then the 1950 version.

Off-Topic Discussion / Kill Bill
« on: October 11, 2003, 05:01:29 AM »
The film is a very good homage to Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. It includes a musical segment from "Death Rides a Horse"(1968) a film Morricone scored, a very nice touch. My only complaints were a couple of over the top visuals (slow motion shots of the weapons in flight), and I would have preferred to see the entire film Tarrantino wanted to present-the whole story. Leave it to the distributors to cater to the lowest common denominator, people who can't sit still a theatre for more than two hours. This is the type of film you don't care how long it is, three hours, four hours because you don't want it to end. ***1/2 out of 4 stars.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Clint Eastwood on "Inside The Actor's Studio"
« on: October 11, 2003, 04:45:58 AM »
Clint is my favorite living actor. No disrespect to him intended, but his memory escapes him when he says his character broke the rules by drawing his gun first. True, he did it a few times in the trilogy, but for the most part the highlighted gunfights showed the adversaries drawing first. The character who never allowed his opponents to draw first was John Russell (Paul Newman) in "Hombre"(1966), a great western. I liked Clint's interpretation of his "man with no name" character in each film and his answers to the questionaire. He's always been a class act. "You're a class act Callahan. A real class act."

Once Upon A Time In The West / Awaiting the DVD
« on: October 02, 2003, 02:38:49 PM »
The question is whether or not the DVD will have the opening scene intact. Many shots from that sequence remain missing such as a closeup of Al Mulloch's knuckles cracking, Elam smiling after being startled by the boxcar door suddenly opening. I know this because I have a recording of the film shown by a local tv station in 1986. Also the music during the closing credits was not Cheyenne's banjo but the conclusion of Jill's theme, entitled "finale" on the original motion picture soundtrack.

Duck, You Sucker / Re:FoD, underrated?
« on: June 20, 2003, 12:37:39 PM »
CORRECTION! The longer version which has been aired on TCM and Showtime is 2:33 not 2:53.

Duck, You Sucker / Re:FoD, underrated?
« on: June 19, 2003, 04:41:43 PM »
The version TCM and Showtime air is two hours fifty-three minutes. Not quite Leone's original length, but far superior to the worthless 'PG' version which is 15 minutes shorter.

Duck, You Sucker / Re:FoD, underrated?
« on: June 19, 2003, 02:06:38 PM »
The problem with AFOD being underrated is because the long version is rarely available for everyone to see. And people miss what this film is really about: a love story between two men. Juan the "chicken thief" is a constant reminder of the guilt Sean carries amidst the current revolution. The doctor is the catalyst for the crucial haunting flashbacks. Sean redeems himself by helping to restore Juan's faith. Sergio has never been better in using Morricone's music in telling this story. Very powerful stuff, especially at the end and only in the long version.

For a Few Dollars More / Re:How Does Indio Know?!
« on: June 14, 2003, 06:46:34 AM »
He shows his suspicions early when questions the rescue of his friend Sancho Perez (a gringo helping a Mexican). His suspicions are confirmed when he sees how skillful Manco is with his gun when he enters Agua Caliente. He also perhaps suspects him early when Manco does not flinch when half his cigar is shot off.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Gregory Peck
« on: June 14, 2003, 06:36:09 AM »
The western was Duel in the Sun (1946) with Jennifer Jones. One of Peck's better westerns is the overlooked Yellow Sky (1948) with Richard Widmark. They're part of an outlaw gang and then become adversaries.

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